Advocacy

The Alliance posts opportunities to advocate for school-based health care and funding at the local, state, and federal levels. Contact us at info@wasbha.org if you have an advocacy opportunity for us to share here.

Washington State at 2019 National SBHC Convention & Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill

Over 60 people from Washington state attended the 2019 National School-Based Health Care Convention in June in Washington, D.C. This was record attendance by far for Washington, an indication of the growing interest and investment in school-based health in our state.

Forty attended a state networking dinner sponsored by Kaiser Permanente and the Washington School-Based Health Alliance. The event was a much-appreciated opportunity to meet and connect with others engaged in school-based health from across the state.

Thirty joined in Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill to advocate for school-based health with all twelve of our Washington members of Congress. It was an energizing day, with many great discussions with legislators and their staff.  So far eight of our members have signed on to co-sponsor the federal SBHC Reauthorization Act of 2019, including Representatives Newhouse (R-4), McMorris Rodgers (R-5), Jayapal (D-7), Smith (D-9), Heck (D-10), DelBene (D-1), Schrier (D-8), and Kilmer (D-6). Thank you for this strong bipartisan show of support for our children and youth in Washington!

Some photos from Advocacy Day:

 

Join SBHA and the Children’s Alliance in Opposing Public Charge Proposal

Join the National SBHA and numerous medical associations and children’s advocacy groups, including the Children’s Alliance here in Washington, who are publicly opposing the Administration’s public charge proposal.  Add your voice in opposition to the proposal, which could severely impact access to needed services by immigrant families and their children. The public comment period is open until December 10.

“Public charge” is an immigration term that refers to a person who is likely to become primarily dependent on the government to meet his or her basic needs. The Administration’s proposed new rule would significantly broaden the scope of programs considered by the government to make this determination, making it more likely that legally present immigrants could be denied a visa or green card merely for seeking health and support services, including those for which they are eligible such as Medicaid, SNAP and housing assistance.

As the Children’s Alliance explains, “The administration’s effort to expand the definition and application of the public charge test effectively withholds essential public services from many of the 1 in 4 Washington children growing up in immigrant families. The result: poorer health, more hunger and greater inequity for children and families, particularly for immigrant communities of color. This could mean that immigrant families do not seek critical health and other services out of fear.”

SBHC Day of Action

TODAY, June 4, is SBHC Day of Action!

From the National School-Based Health Alliance:

Today, we’re asking you to take just a moment from your busy Monday and reach out to your Members of Congress. As advocates of school-based health care, we all have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission. Let’s capitalize on our common energy and let Congress know that ALL children and adolescents deserve access to high-quality care in an environment that is convenient and comfortable — their school.

We’ve reached a pivotal moment in our long-standing political campaign to secure a federal program dedicated exclusively to school-based health centers (SBHCs), and there’s no slacking off now – especially as Congress hits the accelerator to get its business done before their break for summer and campaign stumping.

We are very close to realizing a decades-long vision for a federal authorization dedicated exclusively to school-based health centers – enabling opportunities for future funding. Please help us push our goal across the finish line!

REQUEST FOR ACTION

WHEN: TODAY

WHERE: From work or from home using a computer, phone, or other electronic device. If there are restrictions at your work for engaging in such activities, you may participate from your personal email account or your personal phone as a constituent of your state/district. YOUR VOICE MATTERS.

WHY: With a bill in the House extending the SBHC authorization program, this is our moment in time to solidify SBHCs as a federal program. We also expect a companion bill to be introduced in the Senate in the coming days. Congress is moving fast before leaving for the summer so in order to get these bills passed, we need action NOW!

HOW: Click “ACT NOW” to contact your Members of Congress (House) based on your zip code. A letter will populate for you to send. Take just a second to personalize the letter with some quick facts about the SBHC(s) you are associated with in your city/state. Press send. **Please note: the advocacy center currently targets House members only. It will be updated once the Senate bill is introduced, which we expect to happen before our SBHC Day of Action on June 4.**

This will only take a few minutes of your time and the importance of your action cannot be overstated. You and thousands of others from the SBHC field will take part in a tremendous national effort to help pass these bills and continue to serve children and families in need.

If you are interested in doing ADDITIONAL outreach to help pass this bill, please contact our federal policy liaisons, Brooke Lehmann (brooke@capitolworksllc.com) and Megan Zuckerman (megan@capitolworksllc.com).